Three case studies in virtual preservation. Applying virtual reality to Cultural Heritage

  • Kai Reaver The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Keywords: preservation, experimental, virtual reality, virtual preservation, 3D scanners


The paper documents three case studies researching the techniques of Virtual Preservation upon various Cultural Heritage sites in order to preserve material aspects that, in the near future, can be irreparably damaged by the impact of climate change. Through the use of 3D scanners, photogrammetry, virtual and reality, and rendering software, the study documents how emerging technologies may be used together to digitally recreate full-scale Cultural Assets, for digital exhibition and archival. Although Virtual Preservation demands a substantial change of established working methods and tools, the paper argues that the realism obtained can compensate for the loss of the material of the Asset and still allow future generations to experience Cultural Heritage sites. The article concludes on illustrating the limitations and strengths of the study and foreseeing that Virtual Preservation can help experts to establish guidelines integrating virtual reality into traditional practice.

Author Biography

Kai Reaver, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

He is an american-norwegian Architect and Researcher working on developing conceptual and practical frameworks for the convergence of physical and digital space. His focus is on the nominally titled Digital City as it manifests at the intersection of interaction, computation, architecture and city planning. He places a specific emphasis on the evaluation of augmented reality and digital media as embedded infrastructural components of collective urban experience, design and planning, while analysing the respective regulatory policies these technologies entail with respect to the public realm, user privacy and data distribution. He has worked for multiple international architecture, design, and technology companies in the US and Europe, and has taught and lectured widely in public and academic settings.


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User inside of the Virtual Preservation experience of Case Study 3, and Image of Point Cloud (credit: K. Reaver, 2019). AGATHÒN 06 | 2019
How to Cite
Reaver, K. (2019) “Three case studies in virtual preservation. Applying virtual reality to Cultural Heritage”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 6(online), pp. 210-217. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/6202019.
Architecture | Research & Experimentation
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